Belles at Vienna Opera Ball up for a new ball game

Members of the opening committee dancing after the opening ceremony of the traditional Vienna Opera Ball in Austria on Feb 28, 2019.
Members of the opening committee dancing after the opening ceremony of the traditional Vienna Opera Ball in Austria on Feb 28, 2019.PHOTO: AFP
Debutantes (clockwise from top left) fuelling up with bananas, putting on final make-up touches, adjusting outfits and having their photos taken backstage before the opening ceremony of the Vienna Opera Ball on Feb 28, 2019.
Debutantes (clockwise from top left) fuelling up with bananas, putting on final make-up touches, adjusting outfits and having their photos taken backstage before the opening ceremony of the Vienna Opera Ball on Feb 28, 2019.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE
Members of the opening committee lining up during the opening ceremony of the Opera Ball.
Members of the opening committee lining up during the opening ceremony of the Opera Ball.PHOTO: REUTERS
Dancers of the State Opera Ballet performing during the opening ceremony at the State Opera.
Dancers of the State Opera Ballet performing during the opening ceremony at the State Opera.PHOTO: AFP

VIENNA - "It's the biggest party in Europe and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," says Ms Viola Li, 21, one of the debutantes at this year's Vienna Opera Ball.

Like other Generation-Z debutantes, she is about to step out in three-quarter time to Carl Michael Ziehrer's Facherpolonaise, a standard score to mark the debutantes' stage entry at the Wiener Staatsoper or Vienna State Opera House.

Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content